This week’s question: What about a theme would NOT entice you to buy?
After thinking about this, I realized the key word here is BUY. I get a lot of books free – my iPad is full of books I paid little for, if anything. And before the days of ebooks I visited my library often. My local library has sales three times a year during which I can get bags full of books for a very small investment. And there are book swaps at work, at the doctor’s office, and my writers group meetings. It’s a rare occasion when I need to pay regular price for something to read. Usually, if I don’t enjoy a book, I simply close it and donate it to the next library sale.
When I DO buy a book, it’s usually because I’ve read the first in a series and want to read the rest, or because I personally know the author. But even then, there are a few things that will make me put the book back on the shelf or, if I’m buying online, will make me not click BUY.
- Horror stories. Enough horrible things happen in everyday life, and the news does a more than adequate job of bringing these to my attention. I don’t need to read about them in my spare time. Besides, I do most of my pleasure reading before I go to bed, and I don’t need any more reasons to NOT sleep.
- Totally unbelievable premises. I once came home with a bag full of paperbacks from the library sale. Since I got the whole bag for a dollar, I didn’t read the blurbs very carefully – I generally donate them back to the library after I read them. Anyway, I started reading one before I realized that the heroine, knowing she’d been born in Texas, believed she had what it took to work as a ranch hand – without ever having set foot on a ranch! What idiot would actually believe that? And if such a woman exists, how on earth can she be a heroine I can care about? I couldn’t finish the book. If the book had been on a shelf in the store I would have read the blurb and put it back. As it was, I was glad I hadn’t paid more than a few pennies for it.
- Certain authors have dropped from my must read list to my do not read when I realized that they both had a tendency to create heroes who abused their heroines. Usually it was emotional abuse, but occasionally there would be physical abuse. And I see absolutely no way this can be justified. A man who abuses a woman and claims he acted out of love does not qualify as a hero in my book.
I’m sure there are other things I don’t want to read, but these are what come to mind for me. What about you?